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The Cookout (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 September 2004 (USA)
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When Todd Anderson signs a $30 million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque ... See full summary »

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Lance Rivera

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Queen Latifah (story), Shakim Compere (story) | 4 more credits »
5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ja Rule ... Bling Bling
Tim Meadows ... Leroy
Jenifer Lewis ... Lady Em
Quran Pender ... Todd Andersen (as Storm P)
Jonathan Silverman ... Wes
Meagan Good ... Brittany
Farrah Fawcett ... Mrs. Crowley
Ruperto Vanderpool Ruperto Vanderpool ... Wheezer
Frankie Faison ... Jojo Andersen
Vincent Pastore ... Poo Salesman
Kevin Phillips ... Jamal Washington
Reg E. Cathey ... Frank Washington
Rita Owens Rita Owens ... Nettie Washington
Gerry Bamman ... Butler
Carl Wright ... Grandpa
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Storyline

When Todd Anderson signs a $30 million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque at his place -- just like the ones his family used to have. But when you have new and old friends, family, agents, and product reps in the same house, things are bound to get crazy. Written by Anonymous

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This summer, get your grill on!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual references and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbecue Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Bernardsvile, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,219,794, 5 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,540,112, 10 October 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jamal's mother is Queen Latifah's mother in real-life. See more »

Goofs

When Todd and Jamal go to the basketball court to play he is wearing light blue pants which he removes to play. When playing he has on shorts which he is wearing as they exit but in the outside shot of them leaving he is once again wearing the pants. See more »

Quotes

Willie: [discussing Mrs. Crowley] What about them nipples? She got some little raisins, or some nice big gumdrops?
Judge Crowley: That's my wife we're talking about.
Willie: Oh. My bad.
Nelson: Sorry.
Judge Crowley: Okay. Gumdrops.
Willie: I knew it!
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Connections

References Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Fifth of Beethoven
Performed by Walter Murphy
Composed and Arranged by Walter Murphy
Courtesy of Thomas J. Valentino, Inc.
Published by RFT Music Publishing Corp. (BMI)
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Not what I had expected
20 July 2006 | by awparranSee all my reviews

I once read that if you want to watch a movie and just to be entertained, then take your brain out and relax. I thought this movie would fit into this category. When I first saw the trailers, and bits and pieces of the movie I thought it was worth watching. So I did. To be honest I was disappointed.

With all of the big names like Danny Glover, Farrah Fawcett, Jenifer Lewis, Queen Latifah, and Frankie Faison to name a few, I had thought this would be great. At best I felt the movie was slow and the lines delivered as if they were being read.

As for the morality of the movie, one could argue it set the tone for being responsible about money. But I also saw a contradiction in moral and racial issues. The first issue is the smoking of marijuana. To see a "judge", Danny Glover smoking it, what does this say about the real world? The movie played on the fears of predominately white segregated, walled communities. At least that part was true.

The third item was in regards to the black male and white female role in an interracial marriage. Why in the end was everyone happy to see Danny Glover (Judge Crowley) dominate his white wife, Farrah Fawcett (Mrs. Crowley), yet Frankie Faison (JoJo Anderson) is submissive to his wife Jenifer Lewis (Lady Em)? Does this mean that all black men in an interracial marriage should be "Master and Commander?" Does this state that black men marry outside of their race because the black woman is too strong and dominant? Does this mean that all white females become submissive when dominated by a black man? I don't think so as I am in an interracial marriage and took offense to those messages.

With the above aside, I took my brain out and tried to just be entertained. I laughed through a few parts, and the rest of the plot I could see through. Would I see it again? Maybe.

I had expected more with all of the big names and maybe this is the problem.


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